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Paul Valle is a Baltimore native who has always had a passion for baseball. But his passion goes beyond the average spectator. Paul has been studying baseball--specifically the Orioles--since his youth. He not only appreciates the on field play, but the strategy and statistics behind it. Paul obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Journalism and New Media from Towson University to go along with his Associate of Arts Degree in English from Harford Community College. Paul is a regular contributor to Eutaw Street Report, and also hosts an Orioles YouTube show called "The Payoff Pitch," which you can also find at Eutaw Street Report.

Another Swing at 25 O’s for 25 Seasons

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Last week, Eutaw Street Report writer Andrew Stetka accepted @pizzacutter4’s challenge to pick one player from each roster of the last 25 seasons of Orioles Baseball to complete a “Super Roster,” so to speak. Without reading Mr. Stetka’s choices, I decided it would be a fun idea to do the very same thing, and then have you, the readers, compare the two rosters. In addition to the 25-man rosters, I also figured out how this team would fare in a 162-game season using some of my own calculations and the […]

2016 National League Predictions

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With the start of a new season comes new expectations. Every team starts the year tied for first, and every team thinks this could be their year. As we all know, only one team is left standing in the end, but which team will it be? Predicting the American League and National League playoff teams can be a chore at times, especially in the NL where there are so many loaded teams. But I’m going to give it my best shot. Here are my National League predictions. [Related: 2016 American […]

2016 American League Predictions

Dallas Keuchel of the Astros yells.
With the start of a new season comes new expectations. Every team starts the year tied for first, and every team thinks this could be their year. As we all know, only one team is left standing in the end, but which team will it be? Predicting the American League and National League playoff teams can be a chore at times, especially in the NL where there are so many loaded teams. But I’m going to give it my best shot. First, here are my American League predictions [Related: 2016 […]

2016 AL East Predictions: Orioles Defy the Haters Once Again

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Spring Training is over. And what a spring it was. Dexter Fowler was an Oriole. And then he wasn’t. Miguel Gonzalez was an Oriole. And then he wasn’t; but he might be again? Hyun-Soo Kim was the starting left fielder. And then he wasn’t. Joey Rickard was a long-shot Rule V pick. Now he’s the starting left fielder. Tumultuous to say the least. But with everything that happened in what felt like the longest–and strangest–offseason in recent memory, excitement still looms as the Baltimore Orioles get set to open their […]

Pedro Alvarez Gives the O’s More of the Same

Pedro Alvarez of the Pirates does his home run trot.
Late Monday evening, the Orioles agreed to terms with slugger Pedro Alvarez on a one-year deal, pending a physical. Should the former 2008 second overall pick pass the Orioles’ always rigorous physical, Alvarez will make $5.75 million in 2016, with the potential for an additional $1.25 million in incentives, per reports from Jon Heyman and others. After being spurned by Dexter Fowler last week, and missing out on Austin Jackson to the Chicago White Sox (the Orioles reportedly offered more money but Jackson wanted to play center field), the Orioles […]

O’s Shouldn’t Hesitate to Give Up Pick for Gallardo

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When the 2015 MLB season ended, the Orioles found themselves on the outside looking in, finishing 81-81, needing a five-game winning streak to finish the year to reach .500. While the offense actually scored more runs than the 2014 96-win club, it was the starting pitching that let the team down in 2015. Baltimore Orioles starters went 68-45 while pitching to a 3.61 ERA in 2014, good for fifth in the American League. In 2015, the starters took more than a step back, going 51-62 with a 4.53 ERA. Only […]

Can Orioles Starting Pitchers Bounce Back in 2016?

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A lot has been made this offseason–and rightfully so–about the Orioles needing bounceback seasons from the majority of their rotation. We all can recite the stats of Orioles starting pitchers from memory at this point. Chris Tillman: 11-11 4.91 ERA. Miguel Gonzalez: 9-12 4.91 ERA. Kevin Gausman: 4-7 4.25 ERA. Ubaldo Jimenez: 12-10 4.11 ERA. Its not hard to imagine why prognosticators have predicted The Birds to give up the third most runs in baseball. So what do the Orioles and their fans have to give them hope that 2016 […]

The Red Sox Just Significantly Increased Chris Tillman’s Price Tag

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The Orioles and Chris Tillman were said to be working on a long-term extension this offseason in the hopes of having a deal done before Opening Day. With the season opener now in the rearview mirror, talks would seem to have been tabled, given Tillman’s desire to not have any distractions hanging over his head during the season. Meanwhile, in Boston, Rick Porcello is laughing his way to the bank. The Red Sox just inked the big righty to a four-year, $82.5 million deal with an average annual salary of […]

2015 American League East Preview: Bird is the Word Again

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With only one more day until the season opener, the baseball world seems to be set for another logjam in the AL East. At least that’s what prognosticators would have you believe. The defending division champion Baltimore Orioles, whose 96-win campaign allowed them to run away with the division by 12 games in 2014, lost key members from that club while the Red Sox and Blue Jays reloaded in an effort to reclaim the division and possibly more. Will the Rays pitching and Yankees relatively healthy spring allow for revitalization […]

Predicting the O’s 25-Man Roster

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The time has finally come. After what equates to a minor league exhibition on Saturday, the Baltimore Orioles will travel to St. Petersburg for an Easter workout before opening the regular season against Chris Archer and the Tampa Bay Rays Monday afternoon. For the reigning AL East Champions, there are still a few things left unsettled as the team wraps up its Grapefruit League Schedule.  What we do know is that Chris Tillman will take the ball on Opening Day, Adam Jones will be patrolling centerfield, and Manny Machado will […]

Could the Orioles Sign James Shields?

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The Orioles find themselves two weeks out from Spring Training having made very few strides towards improving a team that won 96 games–only the Angels won more in all of baseball–and the AL East in 2014. Some would say that the team only got worse this offseason, losing Nelson Cruz, Andrew Miller, and fan favorite Nick Markakis. A loud minority of Orioles fans have seemingly thrown in the towel on the 2015 season already, feeling that the loss of those three players coupled with a lack of offseason activity all […]

It was Tough, but O’s Made Right Decision on Markakis

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It’s been a tough week for the Baltimore Orioles and their fan base. The blow from the loss of Nelson Cruz, the MLB leader in home runs in 2014, stung but was expected as the Orioles weren’t willing to go beyond three years and he clearly wanted four or more. The real gut-wrencher, the kick to the groin, is the departure of lifetime Oriole, Nick Markakis. Nick Markakis was a gamer for the Orioles, playing in 147 or more games in eight of his nine seasons with the club. He […]

Royals Take 2, but Give O’s Bulletin Board Material on Way Out

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Game 2 of the ALCS went much like Game 1. The Orioles and Royals tied in the late innings, Royals score multiple runs, Orioles get the tying run to the plate, and come up short. We can sit here and lament what could have been or might have been. What if Adam Jones, a career .149 hitter with 13 K’s in 47 career postseason at-bats, bunts with two on and nobody out in a 4-4 game in the 7th inning? Nelson Cruz, the hottest hitter in the lineup, singled the […]

KC Takes Game 1, but Plenty of Baseball to Play

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Let’s all take a collective deep breath. Game 1 did not go the Orioles’ way. There were plenty of missed opportunities. There was plenty of second-guessing. But it’s not the end of the world. This was simply game one. And there are…that’s right, you guessed it…plenty more opportunities. The fact is this: the Orioles lost a game. That’s the obvious. But if you’re anything like me (and I’m assuming most of you die-hard fans are), you know that the Orioles loss isn’t the only fact. So let’s use our 20/20 […]

Searching for an Answer to Chris Davis’ Struggles

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As any O’s fan can readily attest, Chris Davis has struggled – to put it mildly – during the 2014 season. His stat line of .199/16/50/.311 with 116 Ks is reminiscent of Mark Reynolds, whom the Orioles opted not to resign after 2012 for posting similar numbers. We all know how magical the 2013 season was for Chris Davis. In fact, from the beginning of 2012 until the end of 2013, Chris Davis was one of the most prolific power hitters in the game. During that time span he hit […]

O’s Again Show Resilience After Tough Loss

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Tough losses happen to every team; they just do. The Orioles have been on both ends of walk-off games this year, the most recent coming Friday night in Oakland. In case you missed it, the A’s, down 4-2 entering the bottom of the ninth, needed just three batters to win the game. A 65-foot swinging bunt and a broken bat blooper brought the winning run to the plate in Josh Donaldson, and then Zach Britton threw a sinker that didn’t sink. About 420 feet later, the A’s were walking off […]

The O’s Early “Silver Linings Playbook” in 2014

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After watching the Orioles go 3-for-12 with RISP Thursday night and leave 11 men on base, it is safe to say one thing about this team: they are incredibly frustrating to watch. Whether it’s Buck leaving a pitcher in too long, Adam Jones swinging at sliders in the dirt and then scolding pundits (fans and analysts alike) who criticize him for it, or the seemingly team-wide unwilliningness to take a walk (aside from Nelson Cruz, Steve Pearce, and Chris Davis), this team is enough to cause baldness, either from the […]

Tommy Hunter is Nearly Un-hittable…from the Stretch

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Fans in Baltimore are all too familiar with closers that get your heart racing for all the wrong reasons. From Don Stanhouse to Armando Benitez to George Sherill to Kevin Gregg, closers in Birdland have caused some high marks in the blood pressure category for quite some time. So why should Tommy Hunter be expected to provide any type of relief? On Wednesday night, Hunter recorded his 10th save in 11 opportunities as the Orioles defeated the Rays 4-3. The save, however, came after Hunter had given up three hits […]

Week 5 O’bservations & May Outlook

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The Baltimore Orioles started out week five of the season playing a double-header on a scheduled day off against the Pittsburgh Pirates after severe rain caused two straight postponements. The Orioles swept the double-header and then traveled to Minnesota, where they promptly won game one of the three game series to pull a half-game ahead of the New York Yankees for first place in the division. The stay in first place was short-lived, however, as the O’s dropped the following two games to Minnesota, scoring just three runs in the […]

Weeks 3 and 4 O’bservations

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After going through the first two weeks of the season with a 6-7 record, the Baltimore Orioles were able to even their record at 12-12 by going 6-5 in the 11 games played over the past two weeks (one game was rained out). The Orioles had one of the toughest schedules in all of baseball in the season’s first month, yet have managed to keep their head just above water as they enter the season’s fifth week. So how were the Birds able to win six of the last 11 […]
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